Today is one of my happy days.* I get to stay home all day long.* I’m reconnecting with my spaces and spending time re-evaluating my projects.* I cooked Chicken Curry for lunch and the kids and I sang “Oh the Lord is Good to Me” before dining & chatting together at the kitchen counter.* I’m blogging!I’m focusing intently on my living/dining room this month since I realized I’d become rather schizophrenic in my decorating lately.  I found some great fabric for my sitting room drapes, hung the fabric from the rod to see if I would like it, and it’s still hanging there.I started a wall collage one Sunday afternoon on a whim ~ even went so far as to size and order my prints for framing ~ then walked away and never finished.  So I pulled myself up by the bootstraps and made myself focus.  Living/Dining Room First.  Then we…

In my last post, I quoted the line from a design magazine: “God is in the details.” I didn’t elaborate, but my context was accessorizing and how often we stop short in this area for numerous reasons such as laziness, lack of inspiration, fear, or indecision. However, because the God I serve is such an immense God, full of glory and might and power, something in me rebels at the thought of reducing Him to accessories in a room.  The truth is, He will not be reduced by me or anyone else, no matter how hard we try. As I ponder this quote more fully, I can’t help but appreciate the truth it holds far beyond home decor. The truth of the matter is this: God IS in the details.  The details of our very lives. Every coincidence, every leaf, each and every bird, a breeze at just the right moment, a cup…

On Saturday I planned ahead and “scheduled” a day of creativity.  Somehow, writing CREATE on my calendar granted me permission to do those things around my house that might otherwise be considered fluff. Let’s face it: A girl needs fluff on a regular basis. Among the little things I’ve been adding to my creative to-do list was to go back into the rooms I’d somewhat finished and add personalized details.  I read a quote in a design magazine the other day that said, “God is in the details.” I recognize that I often stop short in the accessorizing department (a fundamentally all-too-common error, one of my favorite designers Suzanne Kasler says).  It seems like by the time I’ve painted walls & furniture, selected fabrics, and arranged everything, I’m ready to move on.  It’s also because I still feel like such a baby in this area!  You’d laugh if you knew how long it took me…

I just tucked three amazing kids into bed on this last night of summer vacation. Tomorrow night will be the first school night of the new year. But my goodness, we are READY: Let’s see, 3 boxes of 24 count crayons, 2 boxes 48 count pencils, 3 Fiskars scissors, 14 glue sticks, 5 composition notebooks, two boxes 24 count colored pencils, 2 pink pearl erasers, 4 boxes tissues, 2 containers clorox handiwipes…. Wait. Does anyone else shake his/her head at these supply lists?  I still remember my mom purchasing notebooks, folders, and a brand spankin’ new 64 count crayola box with built-in sharpener, but tissues and clorox wipes?   What is going on here? Anyway, back to readiness.  Not only are we prepped with school supplies, honey.  We’ve got the SHOES: Ahhh, can you just for a moment relish in the remembrance of new school shoes!? ~7th grade, white leather Nikes,…

In June, our family travelled to Idaho to celebrate my in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary.  What a memorable time.  I found myself ~ unsurprisingly ~ inspired by everything around me, from flowering trees to white fences to old barns to shaker roofs.  I probably drove the family crazy as I ooohed and aaahhed over things I usually only see in magazines and on blogs.  You must remember, I live in Alaska.  Gorgeous scenery?  Absolutely.  Architecture and quaintness?  Not so much.As they say, pictures speak a thousand words, so let me show you a few:Does the red of these barns look good with EVERYTHING, or was it just me??This little girl was perched on the rail awaiting the buching broncs in Eagle, ID.  Does this not capture the heart and soul of rodeo?This is Nash, the horse my in-laws pastured during our stay.  We rode him numerous times, each of us, and his patience was so greatly appreciated.  Thanks, Nash,…

Hello, dear friends…..I hope you enjoyed the comfort of close relationships and satisfaction of delectable food during your 4th of July celebration yesterday.  We spent the last couple nights camping at one of our favorite places, Chatanika River, and in spite of continual downpours throughout our stay, we stayed dry and warm in my parents’ motorhome.  One of my favorite memories already is playing Rummikub with the smell of baking lasagna wafting through the RV… We worked on the yard upon our return today and I’m tickled because I finally planted some begonias on the northern side of our house.  I then weeded like crazy, trimmed, mowed part of the lawn (my eleven year old is becoming an amazing mower in his own right)…and now my back and arms have that feel-good ache of a job well done.  I love coming back inside after spending a day working in the yard,…

My oh my, where does the time go?   Summer hits and the weeks fly by.  With three kids home from school each day, my energies are more diversified than usual.  It always takes me several days to adjust to three faces (sometimes four, if you count Mr. Wonderful) finding me around noon and wanting to know what’s for lunch.  Cooking in the middle of the day is very hard for me, primarily due to the fact that I’m usually in the middle of a cleaning or painting project and just….can’t….afford….to stop! I do love having everyone around though.  All three kids played Parcheesi sprawled on the living room floor this afternoon while it rained outside, Reo Speedwagon’s “I Don’t Want to Lose You”  playing in the background.  Great family time. I served leftover mac n’ cheese for lunch.  Teehee for me 🙂 Okay, so about home projects.  Upon our return from a family vacation in Idaho, the exterior…

You are going to think we are such hicks.But I’ll let you in on a secret.  We kinda are :-)With me being raised on a farm in Minnesota, and Mr. Wonderful growin’ up in a teeny weeny little town tucked into the mountains of Southeast Alaska, we were somewhat doomed when it came to high society, stylish upbringing.But we’re perfectly okay with that.  Our first mattress had tire tracks on it (yes, it was run over after flying out the back of our Toyota truck on a Montana highway~ one of the funniest stories ever), we’ve been known to use towel-draped cardboard boxes for tv stands, and for some reason we hold onto carpet remnants like they’re made of gold: “Surely we’ll find a use for one of these some day!”We’re kinda nuts.Which is why you won’t be completely surprised to see one of these should you walk into our bedroom right now:This is…

I tell ya, if you ever hit a dry spell of creativity and inspiration, 10-15 minutes perusing all the amazing blogs in the home design/decorating/refinishing community and you’ll practically bound away from the computer screen, eyes crazed, in pursuit of the nearest project not tied down. Which is what happened to me Wednesday after reading Little Miss Penny Wenny’s Chevron chair reupholstery project.  What a wonderful transformation!  I love the silvery wood color, the fabric is to-die-for, and I especially love how taut she was able to get the fabric all around her batting.  The finished product looks very professional ~ and I was completely inspired.  How hard could it be to reupholster a chair? I literally bounded into my living room, grabbed this chair I’ve been dying to upholster, and started tearing away at the piping. I got this far: Ummm, no one told me how extremely difficult it was going to be to rip out professionally stapled…